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  • Friday Night Lights will premiere its final season on Oct. 27 on DirecTV. It just concluded its forth season rebroadcast on NBC.
  • Mandy Moore will return to Grey’s Anatomy. The former popstar guest starred in the two part season finale last season. She returns in next season’s sixth episode.
  • 5.5 million viewers watched the last episode of Jersey Shore, a series record.
  • Bret Harrison (Reaper) joins the cast of V in a recurring role. He will make his debut in the season premiere. Will he help raise the shows ratings? Is he a human or alien?
  • A double dose of Castle news: Ken Baumann (Secret Life of the American Teenager) will appear on the show as Alexis’ (Molly Quinn) first boyfriend. Victor Webster from the recent Melrose Place reboot joins the cast as a recurring character, a possible love interest for Beckett.
  • Over on the CW, One Tree Hill and Life Unexpected will be crossing over this year when Mia (Kate Voegele) and Haley (Bethany Joy Galeotti) from Hill play at a music festival hosted by Life Unexpected‘s Kate’s (Shiri Appleby) radio station in Portland.
  • Antonio Sabato, Jr. will guest star in an episode of Bones as a Guido bouncer at a Jersey Shore club. Bones was trying to get The Situation from MTV’s Jersey Shore for the episode, but were unable to secure him.
  • Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights) has joined the cast of ABC’s new show Off The Map as a series regular.  OTM is from the creator of Grey’s Anatomy.
  • Jack Black will be guest starring on an upcoming episode of Nickelodeon’s iCarly.
  • Masi Oka (Heroes) has joined the cast of Hawaii Five-0 as a coroner. He joins cast members Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, and Daniel Dae Kim. Buffy‘s James Marsters guest stars in the premiere also.
  • Laura Bell Bundy joins the cast of How I Met Your Mother, in a recurring role, as Robyn’s new co-host.Will she end up being the mother? I doubt it…

I saw this film in theaters on opening weekend with a few friends. I wasn’t expecting more than a few laughs and ended up being pretty surprised.

Tropic Thunder, with Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr

Action film star Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller), Oscar winning dramatic actor Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.), and gross out comedy star Jeff Portnoy (Jack Black) come together to make the movie within this movie, also entitled Tropic Thunder. The film’s shoot in Vietnam is hemorrhaging money and after an ultimatum is passed down from the studio head (Tom Cruise, in a hysterical cameo) the novice director (Steve Coogan) acts upon the advice of Vietnam vet Four Leaf Tayback (Nick Nolte) and drops his cast into the middle of the jungle to shoot the film guerrilla style. Stranded with no food or cell phones, the actors happen upon a drug ring and when Tugg is captured he continues to believe that it is all part of the film. The movie made for some really great laughs, especially the insider jokes that poked fun at the industry (I love when the studio head calls upon the key grip to punch the director in the face). Matthew McConaughey is random and surprisingly funny as Rick Peck, Tugg’s agent and while Tom Cruise’s cameo is definitely good for laughs it still doesn’t improve his image for me. Nice try though. All in all, the film was hysterical in theaters, but when I saw this movie again on DVD without the audience laughing along I didn’t find to be as humorous. But, Robert Downey is definitely the stand out amongst the celeb driven cast, which is why we even find this here in the first place.

Nominations:

Best Supporting Actor – Robert Downey Jr.
This nomination seems to me to be honoring his latest rise from the ashes, rather than this particular role. Everyone loved him in Ironman, but there was no way he’d see a Best Actor nod for that. Originally The Soloist should have been his Oscar bait for the year, but I’m guessing it didn’t turn out as great as they had hoped for because the moment buzz starting generating for this role they pushed it off the 2008 schedule. Here he played a controversial role with grace, all while channeling and poking fun of some of Oscar’s favorite heavyweights (Russell Crowe, Heath Ledger). I understand why he’s here, but I wish it had been for a different reason, possibly even a different year. RDJ is such a fantastic actor that I’d rather see him get nominated in a year he has a chance at winning and not to fill the slots of people who will lose to Heath Ledger. And I know I’ve said it before, but there were certainly performances this year that were more deserving.

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